planeswalker profile

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Ajani Goldmane is torn between his leonin ferocity and his sense of justice. He was born on Naya and became an outcast within his own family, an albino leonin never accepted by the rest of his pride. The only person who cared about him was his brother Jazal, the leader of their pride and Ajani’s inspiration. Ajani had always shown potential as a mage and healer, but had assumed his main calling was to be a warrior in Jazal’s service. The day that Ajani’s brother was assassinated by unknown forces was the day that Ajani’s Planeswalker spark ignited, and everything changed.

No longer could Ajani worry about his problems with his pride. His quest to discover his brother’s killer has led him into a tangle of intrigue woven by mysterious forces, forcing him to broaden his skills as a warrior and to unlock new potential within himself. After thwarting Nicol Bolas’s plans on Alara, Ajani set aside his anger and began to travel the Multiverse. He became a mentor to leonin communities on many planes, including Theros.

Ajani travels to Theros in search of his old friend, Elspeth. With the help of King Brimaz, he searches the plane for the woman who has become known as the Hydra Killer. When he finally finds Elspeth, the situation is far more dangerous than he realized. The gods blame Elspeth for the state of the world. To set things right, Ajani and Elspeth journey into Nyx and battle Xenagos. Elspeth kills the God of Revels, but with dire consequences. Theros is restored to its natural state, but Ajani is furious at the gods who wronged his friend.

Some amazing artwork featuring Ajani Goldmane.

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Born in the nation of Zhalfir on Dominaria, Teferi was recognized as a magical prodigy at a young age. He studied at the Tolarian Academy, where the Planeswalker Urza was preparing gifted young mages to fight the horrific machine empire known as Phyrexia. With a talent for temporal magic and a fondness for practical jokes, Teferi became one of the academy’s most renowned—and confounding—students. Then a Phyrexian attack on the academy left Teferi trapped in a bubble of slow-flowing time for two decades. After he was freed from the bubble, he helped Urza prepare for war against the Phyrexians, despite his concern that Urza’s judgment was clouded by a desire for war. Eventually, Teferi returned to his homeland and became a royal mage, protecting Zhalfir and finding common ground among splintered factions. He established five guilds to help lead his country to prosperity and maintain its stability while he continued his research into temporal anomalies on a secluded island. This research led him to the discovery that he could phase the entire island, with all its inhabitants, out of the time stream completely. But this magic was unstable, and Teferi disappeared—with his island home and every creature on it—for hundreds of years. When Phyrexia launched another attack upon Dominaria, Urza sought Teferi’s assistance in fighting off Yawgmoth’s terrible forces. But Teferi knew Urza well enough to understand that he would become a mere pawn in the other Planeswalker’s arsenal. Instead of joining in the war effort, Teferi drew on the lessons he learned from his earlier failure, protecting Zhalfir and other parts of the plane from the invasion by phasing them out of the time stream for centuries. Three centuries later, Teferi returned to Dominaria to see if it was safe for Zhalfir to return. Although the Phyrexian threat was long gone, he found the plane—and indeed the whole Multiverse—imperiled by rifts in the fabric of time, some of which were caused by his own meddling. Desperate to repair this damage, Teferi sought help from other Planeswalkers—Freyalise, Venser, and even the dragon Nicol Bolas—to seal the rifts, with only partial success. Teferi sacrificed his Planeswalker spark, using its energy to close one of the temporal storms. Dominaria survived, but Zhalfir was lost outside of time, and Teferi was left as a powerful but merely mortal mage.

Some amazing artwork featuring Teferi.

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Nissa Revane wields green magic to summon forth massive elementals, bringing the land to life in order to defend the natural world and its creatures.

Nissa Revane was born on Zendikar. Once a warlike Joraga elf, Nissa Revane has left the old ways of her tribe to return to her roots as an elementalist and druid. She knows the Multiverse needs her power if it is to be made safe for life to flourish. Plane-threatening catastrophes like the Eldrazi titans have brought her to this new understanding, and now, as a powerful Planeswalker, she must use her magic to warn, protect, and defend what she holds dear.

Some more amazing Magic: the Gathering artwork featuring Nissa Revane.

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Unlike most Planeswalkers, Gideon doesn’t hesitate to enter combat. This powerful white mage is driven by loyalty and practices hieromancy, the magic of holy justice.

Gideon’s strong morals and sense of duty have served him well as an agent for the Order of Heliud, an organization that sought to bring law to the plane of Regatha. When the pyromancer Chandra Nalaar became an obstacle to the Order’s goals, they sent Gideon to intercept her on the plane of Kephalai. She was attempting to steal—for a second time—a powerful fire spell with a map to the Eye of Ugin, hidden away on the plane of Zendikar.

Never before had Gideon’s quarry been so crafty, resourceful, and elusive. On Kephalai, Gideon briefly apprehended her, but she escaped. Tracking her down to on the dark plane of Diraden, he then became Chandra’s unlikely ally as the two joined forces to escape the predations of the plane’s vampire ruler, Velrav.

Only on returning to Regatha did Chandra learn that Gideon served the Order and that she would have to surrender to prevent her adopted home from being destroyed. With Gideon’s help, Chandra survived this persecution, giving him reason to question the Order’s true motives. It wasn’t long before she departed again, once more in search of the Eye of Ugin.

After some soul searching, Gideon decided to follow Chandra to Zendikar, believing he could help her stay alive on that treacherous, unpredictable plane. By the time he arrived, Chandra was gone and Zendikar was under siege from the ancient world-eating beings known as the Eldrazi. Now Gideon searches the Multiverse for allies to help him save Zendikar from being consumed.

Some more amazing Magic the Gathering artwork featuring Gideon Jura.

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Dack Fayden is a human mage from Drakeston, a village on the plane of Fiora. As a youth, Dack and his friend Marsh were adept mages who excelled at their abilities but lacked judgment. One night, their genius got the best of them and they picked a fight with brutes, resulting in the death of Marsh. In that moment, Dack’s spark ignited and he became a Planeswalker.

Dack soon found he could walk the planes and sought out challenges that could both test his abilities and line his pockets. On the plane of Alkabah, Dack got his hands on a cursed artifact, which resulted in his arrest. By the law of that society, his right hand was stained red, forever branding him a thief. He was eventually able to return to Fiora, but in his absence, another Planeswalker named Sifa Grent had massacred Drakeston and all those Dack cared for.

Dack then turned to use psychometry—the ability to absorb the magic, memories, and uses of an artifact—to track Sifa. His psychometry allowed him to follow her trail from plane to plane, even through the Blind Eternities. He survived his final encounter with Sifa on Ravnica, and was forced to realize that as a Planeswalker, he could help or hurt more than an average person should be able. Although Dack now considers Ravnica home, he will never forget what happened to his people on Fiora.

Some amazing art featuring Dack Fayden.